Saturday, February 23, 2013

Israeli Jails Only Hold Palestinians With a Good Reason

Nadene Goldfoot
The 4 Palestinians on a hunger strike while being held in Israeli jails are there for good reason.  At the end of 2012, there were about 4,500 Palestinians in Israeli jails and prisons.  Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem have been rioting in protest of their incarceration.  It has to be an organized act by the terrorist organizations.

1. Samer Issawi, fasting the longest, is there on a 26 year sentence from 2002 for attempted  murder and other terrorist crimes.  He was once released in the Gilad Shalit kidnapping on June 25, 2006,  but continued terrorism being a part of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.  He could be released in March.   He comes from a family of terrorists.

2. Eman Ismail Salame Sharouna, Hamas member arrested in 2002 for multiple terrorist attacks such as bombing in Be'er Sheva which wounded 18 people, kidnap attempt of IDF soldier, shooting attacks at soldiers.   with 38 year sentence, released in Shalit kidnapping in November 2011, returning to Hamas terrorist activities, rearrested January 2012. Gilad Shalit wasn't released until October 18, 2011 in a prisoner exchange swap.  He had been held for over 5 years.
Damaria (Shomron).

3. Jafer Az al-Din, member of Islamic Jihad Terrorists from northern Samaria (Shomron).  Arrested during Pillar of Defense operation in Gaza November 2012.

4. Tarek Dar Hussein,  member of Islamic Jihad Terrorists from northern Samaria (Shomron).  Arrested during Pillar of Defense operation in Gaza November 2012.

Perhaps it is Obama's upcoming visit to Israel on March 20-22nd, but Palestinian Arabs staged protests with the IDF at flashpoints in Jerusalem and across the West Bank on Friday, February 22nd.  They have been demonstrating for the past week in support of these 4 who have extended their hunger striking against their incarceration. The first two on the list are repeat terrorist offenders.    Two of the men are being held without trial and two were re-arrested after being released in a prisoner exchange in 2011.

Islamic Jihad terrorists are known to be very dangerous.  They are responsible for suicide bombings and other attacks.  Recently some from the Jenin area were caught trying to kidnap an Israeli citizen.

The Israeli police had to enter the compound of the al-Aqsa mosque  (Temple Mount) in Jerusalem and use stun grenades to disperse the protesters who threw stones at the police after their Friday prayers.  Friday is the Shabbat for Muslims.  "Israel had previously tried to prevent hunger strikes by coming to an agreement with the prisoners and the current hunger strikes are a violation of that agreement."  The thing is, it makes good propaganda against Israel by appearing in newspapers such as the Oregonian.

A 30 year old Palestinian from Hebron, Arafat Jaradat,  was just arrested a few days ago and died during questioning of a heart attack according to Saudi Arabia's  newspaper, Al Arabiya News. They also reported that about 100 were wounded in clashes in Judea-Samaria over the fasting prisoners of which 2 were shot by civilians, since the IDF were not using live ammunition.   Protests anywhere tend to become violent.  In this situation there were 200 Arab protesters against 25 Jewish people.

It could be anyone of the terrorist organization that organized the protests.  If so, they have just led to the harm of their own people.  All 4  men are terrorists and deserve to be locked up.

Resource: Oregonian newspaper, page A3, Palestinians, Israellis Clash

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